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Hi there,

So I have been contemplating for a while whether or not to buy a new graphics card. I currently have a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870. I would like to be able to play BF3 on high, or even ultra, so I thought I would come to this website after Googling around the internet for answers. The users at this site have the experience and knowledge that will let me know that I am picking the right card.

I am running an AMD FX-8120 @3.5GHz, 16GB RAM, and a Crosshair V Formula motherboard. This motherboard can run up to 4 NVIDIA cards at once. I doubt I'll be doing that, but I have the option. My rig is in my profile to see all the spec's.

So, I want to know what is the best graphics card that I can get for under $350, and still get a good performance boost over my single 6870. I was going to just get another 6870 and run it in Crossfire for the performance boost. I believe it is possible to run NVIDIA cards with an AMD system, I'm not sure if there is a performance drop because of drivers not being the same or something.

My current card:
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948&Tpk=sapphire%206870

I was thinking of these cards:
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102967
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102983
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

I would prefer an AMD card so I can do Eyefinity once I get a second monitor, but I really would like to get a performance boost. I would prefer something with HDMI and DVI.

-Walt
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The 7870 is better than the GTX 560 ti:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=548

AND the 7770 (by a long shot)

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=548

SO outta the cards you have linked, the 7870 is the way to go! thumb.gif

EDIT: Or how about a GTX 570?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593
this is in your pricerange biggrin.gif

EDITEDIT: If you are only looking at 2 monitors (like 1 for BF3, 1 for monitoring), 1 Nvidia card can do that. You just need SLI for 3+ screens on the GTX 500 series thumb.gif
Edited by tr4zz0id - 3/26/12 at 6:04am
 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
500GB Seagate Barracuda @7200 RPM x2 Samsung Super WriteMaster Corsair H100 + 4x Noctua NF-F12 PWM Lots of fans 
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$390 EVGA GTX 580 (Lifetime warranty): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587
$370 GTX 580: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125364
$270 GTX 570: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613
$240 GTX 560 Ti 448: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738

Those are probably the best deals in my opinion. If you'd prefer an AMD card just pick up the 7870.
 
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